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n. (used with a sing. verb)
The set of allowed arrangements or sequences of speech sounds in a given language. A word beginning with the consonant cluster (zv), for example, violates the phonotactics of English, but not of Russian.

[phono- + tactics, arrangement of linguistic units; see tactics.]


(Phonetics & Phonology) (functioning as singular) linguistics the study of the possible arrangement of the sounds of a language in the words of that language
[C20: from phono- + -tactics, on the model of syntactic; see syntax]


(ˌfoʊ nəˈtæk tɪks)

n. (used with a sing. v.)
1. the patterns in which the phonemes of a language may combine to form sequences.
2. the study and description of such patterns.
pho`no•tac′tic, adj.
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Peer-reviewed, revised, and edited from presentations, 21 papers address Slavic linguistics from such perspectives as surface phonotactics in morphology: ongoing change in the Belarusian noun declension, three kinds of "homogeneous" patterns of Czech numerals: a phrasal spell out account, island obviation in contrasting fragment answers: evidence from Bulgarian li-questions, Slavic-induced syntactic changes in Yiddish: a parametric account, and frequency distributions as faithless targets: why Bulgarians feminized Turkish nouns.
The effect of teaching English phonotactics on the lexical segmentation of English as a foreign language.
Note that the above instances are considered to be geminate because there are some words with similar phonotactics which cannot be pronounced like the above.
Phonotactics, assimilation, vowel harmonization, liaison, elision, stress, intonation, morphemes, are all suprasegmental features.
Phonotactics is, essentially, the syntax that applies at a phonological level of representation.
They observed that mono- and bi-syllabic non-words composed of familiar segmental sequences of English were repeated faster than non-words composed of infrequent sequences, suggesting that facilitatory effects of probabilistic phonotactics reflect differences among activation levels of sublexical units (segments or sequences of segments).
We find changes, for example, to individual segments ([0] replaced by [ts] in Veneto), changes to segmental processes (elimination of nasal + stop voicing assimilation in central and southern dialects), changes to phonotactics (vowel epenthesis between non-Italian sequences of consonants, such as /mt/ in Emilian /zgumte/ > /zgumite/ 'to elbow'; cf.
In the process of identifying the presence of phonotactics characterize this as a manifestation rather than the result of this comparison, it can imply a new fact that ISPs are actually a separate language groups.
Mataim Bakar and Faridah Haji Mohammad 2009 The Phonotactics of Brunei Malay: An Opitmality Theoretic Account.